Very Benevolent Caesar Salad

Prep: 15 minutes (need prepared croutons)


By Miyoko Schinner
Miyoko prepares this salad during one of her cooking demonstrations in the 10-day McDougall program and it is always a favorite, the dish that everyone says they are going to make at home. Miyoko says "You would never believe that this wonderful replica of Caesar salad was actually free of cheese, eggs, anchovies, and low in fat to boot". This is my favorite Caesar salad!


  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp almond meal (see hints below)
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water


Prepare the lettuce and place in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine the almond meal, garlic, mustard, and nutritional yeast to make a paste. Whisk in the remaining dressing ingredients.

Top the lettuce with croutons (see recipe in Desserts & Baked Goods), if desired, and toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.

Hints: Almond meal can be purchased in bags at Trader Joe's, or you can make your own by grinding blanched or roasted almonds in a food processor until very finely ground. If you make the croutons ahead of time, this salad goes together quite quickly.